Thought for the Day – 10 July – Open our hearts

Thought for the Day – 10 July – Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:1–7

“Jesus sent these Men on Mission as the Twelve”

Saint John-Paul II (1920-2005)
Pope from 1978 to 2005

Prayer for Vocations,
35th World Day of Vocations,
3 May 1998

Spirit of eternal Love,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
we thank You for all the vocations
to be apostles and saints
that have made the Church fruitful.
Continue Your work, we beg You.
Remember the moment when, on Pentecost,
You came down on the Apostles united in prayer
together with Mary, the mother of Jesus
and look at Your Church, which today
has a special need for holy priests,
for faithful and authorised witnesses of Your grace,
which needs consecrated men and women
who radiate the joy of those who live only for the Father,
of those who make their own.
the mission and offering of Christ,
of those who build the new world in love.

Holy Spirit, eternal Source of joy and peace,
You open our hearts and minds to the divine call,
You make effective every surge
towards the good, towards truth, towards love.
Your inexpressible groanings
rise up to the Father from the heart of the Church
that is suffering and struggling for the Gospel.
Open the hearts and minds of young men and women,
so that a new flowering of holy vocations
might show forth the fidelity of Your love,
and that all might know Christ,
the true light who came into the world
to give every human being
the assured hope of eternal life.

Mary, Mater Ecclesiae, Pray for us!mary mater ecclesiae pray for 10 july 2019

Apostles of Christ, Pray for the Church!apostles of christ pray for us 10 july 2019


Quote/s of the Day – 10 July – Our Vocation

Quote/s of the Day – 10 July – Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:1–7

“And preach as you go, saying,
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Matthew 10:7matthew 10 7 and preach as you go - 10 july 2019

“It is our
to stand
before God
for all.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)it is our vocation to stand before god for all st teresa benedicta 10 july 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 10 July – The Twelve

One Minute Reflection – 10 July – Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:1–7

The names of the twelve apostles are these:   first, Simon, who is called Peter and Andrew his brother;  James the son of Zebedee and John his brother; …Matthew 10:2

REFLECTION – “The order in which the apostles were divided and the distinction of each one were given by him who plumbs the depths of the heart.   The first to be recorded is Simon called Peter (to distinguish him from the other Simon, who is called the Cananaean from the village of Cana in Galilee, where the Lord turned the water into wine).   He also calls James the son of Zebedee because he is followed by another James, the son of Alphaeus.   And he associates the apostles by pairs.  He joins Peter and Andrew as brothers not so much in the flesh as in the spirit;  James and John, who left behind their natural father and followed the true Father;  Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican.   The other Evangelists, in listing the names, put Matthew first and then Thomas, nor do they mention the name publican, lest in recalling his former way of life they seem to insult the Evangelist.   But Matthew, as we said before, places himself after Thomas and calls himself a publican so that “where sin abounded, grace has abounded even more.”

Simon the Cananaean is the one whom another Evangelist calls the Zealot.   In fact, Cana interpreted means “zeal.”   Church history relates that the apostle Thaddaeus was sent to Edessa, Abgarum in the region of Osroene.   The person whom Luke the Evangelist calls Jude the brother of James, elsewhere called Lebbaeus, which interpreted means “little heart,” is believed to have been referred to by three names.   Simon Peter and the sons of Zebedee (called sons of thunder) were named for their strength of mind and great faith.   Judas Iscariot took his name either from his hometown or from the tribe of Issachar.   By a certain prophecy he was born in condemnation of himself, for Issachar interpreted means “reward,” as to signify the price of the traitor.” … St Jerome (343-420)  – Father & Doctor of the Church (Commentary on Matthew, 1.)matthew 10 2 - the names of the 12 apostles are these - st jerome - 10 july 2019

PRAYER – Holy God and Almighty Father, we are the disciples of Your Son as we follow Him home to You, grant us we pray, the strength and love to imitate Him in all things and to daily, pick up our cross with joy and commitment.   May the Blessed Virgin, be a constant protection and assistance in our times of struggle and may all your angels and saints and martyrs, pray for us, through our Lord Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, God for always and forever, amen.blessed virgin mary pray for us 17 jan 2019


Our Morning Offering – 10 July – I Bind Unto Myself Today

Our Morning Offering – 10 July – Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

I Bind Unto Myself Today
Lauds Prayer/Hymn

I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.

The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

(derived from St Patrick’s breastplate
also known as The Deer Cry)i bind unto myself today - lauds psalter week 2 sunday hymn 10 july 2019.jpg

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Saints of the Day – St Felicitas (c 101- c 165) and her Seven Holy Sons (Died c 165) Martyrs.

Saints of the Day – St Felicitas (c 101- c 165) and her Seven Holy Sons (Died c 165) Martyrs. St Felicitas is celebrated separately on 23 November and with her seven sons today, 10 July.  The Seven Holy Sons were named Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis and Martial.    Whilst St Felicitas has patronages alone, combined she and her sons are patrons of the Abbey of Badia di Cava, holy brothers and mother sette_fratelli.jpg

In 161, when his father-in-law died, Marcus Aurelius ascended to the Imperial Roman Throne.   Although he has the reputation of being a ‘great’ Roman Emperor (mostly on account of his military conquests and reputation as a Stoic philosopher), he was one of the worst persecutors of Christians.   When truth and Catholic dogma are rejected, superstition and false philosophy take their place.   This cruel monarch believed the Christians were responsible for various calamities that had befallen the Empire, thus he initiated the most cold-blooded persecution the Church had ever known.   His rule lasted for nineteen years and his intractable hatred towards Christians never abated.

Yet “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians” (famous quote from Tertullian in his Apologia).   The heroes who in life were the strength of Holy Mother Church give her fecundity by their death — and Christ’s Mystical Body continues to increase.   Today in her liturgy, the Church honours a mother and her seven sons who gave their blood for the glory of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith and for the increase of Christ’s Perfect Bride.

The Seven Sons of St Felicitas were the very first victims sacrificed by Emperor Marcus Aurelius to satisfy his false philosophy and the superstitions of his pagan subjects.07-10-Felicitas3

Felictias was a noble woman of Rome.   After her husband’s death, she served God and employed herself in prayer and works of charity.   Her good example let others to convert and embrace the Faith.  The heathen priests in a council advised the Emperor: “The example of Felicitas is dangerous, she must be made to sacrifice.”   Wanting to “make an example of them,” Marcus Aurelius commanded the prefect Plubius to entice this noble family into apostasy on the grounds that their Christian piety angered the Roman pantheon of gods.

Felictias and her sons were arrested.   When she was called before the prefect, Felicitas approached calm and unafraid.   Plubius took her aside and tried in vain to convince her of idolatry.   He ended by exclaiming “Unhappy woman, if you wish to die, die! But do not destroy your children!”   She replied, “My children will live forever if like me, they scorn the idols and die for their God.”07-10-Felicitas2

Plubius tried by fair speeches and then by threats to compel the seven brothers to renounce Christ and adore false gods but they all valiantly refused.   Each brother encouraged the other and they were all greatly strengthened by the exhortations of their devout mother.   Though she had given them birth into this world, far more dearly did she desire that they be born unto eternal life.

After hearing of the family’s supposed “stubbornness and pride,” Marcus Aurelius himself decreed their sentence of execution.   Furthermore, he wished for this judgement to be carried out by several judges in different places in order to more widely promulgate his new policy and to strike greater fear into any Christians who would dare defy his edict.   Marcus Aurelius had these brothers executed on the very same day.Seven-Brothers

Thus it came to be that on 10 July 162 (the sixth of the Ides of July), in four different suburbs of the Eternal City, these seven patrician youths opened a great campaign that would ultimately save Rome from tyrannical Caesars and restore Rome to true greatness. Januarius was scourged to death with leaded whips.   Felix and Philip were beaten with clubs.   Silvanus was thrown headlong from a great height and drowned.   Alexander, Vitalis and Martial were beheaded.   Their holy mother was forced to watch her sons being put to death.   Felicitas gained the palm of martyrdom four months later when she was beheaded.   (One can not even imagine how excruciating her sufferings were on that fateful day and during the subsequent weeks filled with terrible mourning.   In fact, one could say she suffered eight martyrdoms as she watched each of her sons die before she too gave up her life for Christ.   What courage and faith!)Seven Brothers, Martyrs

Four cemeteries shared the honour of gathering into their crypts the sacred remains of these seven brother martyrs.   The oldest records we have, show that the sixth of the Ides of July was a day of special solemnity in the Roman Church.   On this day, the faithful would assemble at ‘four stations’ around the tombs of ‘the Martyrs.’   This name was preserved for the seven brothers, which is quite remarkable given the torrent of Christian blood shed in Rome under Emperor Diocletian.   Archaeologists have also discovered inscriptions, even in cemeteries that did not possess their relics, which designated 11 July as the “Day following the Feast of the Martyrs.”

S. Felicitas’ strength came from her hope in God’s promises.   She trusted that He would give her the crown of heavenly glory and that she would be with God and her sons forever, in perfect happiness.   Let us pray every day, that God will bless our family and friends, that we may all meet again in Heaven.   Amen!

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Memorials of the Saints – 10 July

St Amalberga of Mauberge (Died 690)

St Anatolia & Victoria (Died 250) Martyrs
Their Story:

St Antôn Nguyen Huu Quynh
St Apollonius of Sardis
Bl Arnold of Camerino
St Bianor of Pisidia
St Cuán of Airbhre
St Elilantus
St Etto
Bl Euménios
St Knud of Denmark
St Lantfrid
Bl Marie-Gertrude de Ripert d’Alauzier
Bl Parthenios
St Pascharius of Nantes
St Peter Vincioli
St Phêrô Nguyen Khac Tu
St Rufina of Rome
St Secunda of Rome
Seven Holy Brothers and their mother, St Felicitas (Died c 165) Martyrs
St Sylvanus of Pisidia
Bl Sylvie-Agnès de Romillon
St Waltram

Martyrs of Africa – 4 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in Africa. The only information that has survived are four of their names – Felix, Januarius, Marinus and Nabor.

Martyrs of Antioch – 10 saints: A group of ten Christians martyred together. We have no details about them but the names – Diogenes, Domnina, Esicius, Macarius, Maxima, Maximus, Rodigus, Timoteus, Veronia and Zacheus. They were martyred in Antioch, date unknown.

Martyrs of Damascus – 11 beati: A group of Franciscans and laymen ordered by Druz Muslims to convert to Islam. They refused and were hacked to pieces.
• ‘Abd Al-Mu’ti Masabki
• Carmelo Bolta Bañuls
• Engelbert Kolland
• Francisco Pinazo Peñalver
• Fransis Masabki
• Juan Jacobo Fernández y Fernández
• Manuel Ruiz López
• Nicanor Ascanio de Soria
• Nicolás María Alberca Torres
• Pedro Soler Méndez
• Rufayil Masabki
They were cut to pieces on 9-10 July 1860 in Damascus, Syria.
Beatified on 10 October 1926 by Pope Pius XI.

Martyrs of Nicopolis – 45 saints: A group of 45 Christians tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of emperor Licinius. We know nothing else but six of their names – Anicetus, Anthony, Daniel, Leontius, Mauritius and Sisinno. c 329 in Nicopolis, Armenia (modern Koyulhisar, Turkey).

Martyrs of Nitria – 5 saints: Fathers of Nitria – Four monks and the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt who were martyred by heretics. Saint John Chrysostom wrote about them but their names have not come down to us. They were martyred in the 4th century in Nitria, Egypt.